Broadcaster John Myers has died at the age of 60.
The news was announced by John's son Scott on social media in the early hours of Sunday morning.
In a post on behalf of the Myers family he wrote 'Something I hoped I would not have to write for a long time. Sleep tight, Dad.'
John was best known as a continuity announcer on ITV Border with his trusty side-kick 'Eric the Monkey'. The puppet, Eric, became a favourite with Border Television viewers in the 1980s. Eric used to accompany John when reading out announcements as part of Border Birthdays slot.
After leaving Border TV in 1989, John Myers went on to launch the radio station CFM, the city's only local commercial radio station. John was the station's breakfast show presenter.
John's voice was became a familiar sound on several radio stations up and down the country during his long career, including BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Radio Tees, CFM, Red Rose in Lancashire which is now known as Rock FM.
John was also involved in the launch of Century Radio, as well as Global Radio stations Real Radio and Smooth Radio.
ITV News reporter Michael Billington also took to twitter to pay tribute to John Myers.